On being unable to blog

Dear readers,

It’s been over a week since I updated here, and I apologize. Real life has been engrossing, but the many constraints imposed by writing under my real name have made it difficult to put anything substantial on the blog.

I’ve enjoyed writing a series of recent essays focusing on pop culture, and putting them here: television shows, movies, and the like, with a particular emphasis on trashy culture. That said, I won’t have the time to write similar sorts of essays here for a number of months. My comprehensive exams are scheduled for the end of May, and all my attention will be devoted to them. I may still update here — I like the idea of posting notes online — but these notes will have to do with Walter Pater, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and the like, not with the lingua franca of, for example, The Devil Wears Prada or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They will be, of necessity, fragments.

I likewise apologize if I’ve been unable to read what you’re currently posting. Again, the particular medieval requirements of the exam process are forcing me to make sacrifices everywhere. I still believe in all of it — the online dialogues, the relevance of popular culture to academic matters, and the democratizing nature of the medium — but my professional obligations have put that belief temporarily in suspense.

One final thought: during this dry spell, I encourage you to write me and say hello. The email address is printed on your upper right.

Take care, and enjoy the season.